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For over 17 years, The Shaken Baby Alliance has partnered with leading experts in the field of child abuse, along with agencies throughout the United States to produce Best Practice training to meet the needs of over 16,700 multidisciplinary professionals. Our training is based on the philosophy that professionals with a strong foundational understanding of the medical aspects of child physical abuse and neglect, and forensic investigative techniques, will be provided with the tools necessary to investigate, prosecute, and ultimately protect children. We provide participants with instruction on the best practice standards related to forensic investigation techniques of child physical abuse, child death, and child neglect cases including forensic markers, information needed to understand the mechanism of injury, questions to ask, and not ask the medical practitioner, symptoms in child physical abuse and their importance, how to complete a thorough forensic child physical abuse investigation including photography and scene investigation, timeline development, detailed interview techniques, and tips for testifying effectively. To sustain the high quality, up to date training for which SBA is known, we continually use evaluation data and feedback from participant surveys to improve the content and curriculum. Our development team and training faculty is composed of MDT members including medical providers, law enforcement, educators, and consultants who are recognized as state and national experts in the field of forensics and child abuse death. All of our faculty actively work cases in the field of child physical abuse/neglect and child death. This approach ensures our training mirrors our philosophy of the importance of the MDT in all aspects of the training program.

We are happy to tailor a program to your needs. Our Advanced Forensic Investigations two day trainingprogram promotes a consistent, coordinated Multidisciplinary Team Response to serious cases of child physical abuse and neglect and improves the coordination between the criminal justice system and the civil child protection system. First Responder training is designed to meet the needs of these professionals to focus on the immediate crisis at the scene in order to identify potential abuse cases at their earliest onset.  Sample areas covered include:

  1. Communication Across Disciplines: The MDT in Action
  2. Medical Aspects of Child Physical Abuse & Neglect
  3. Child Maltreatment of Children with Disabilities
  4. Child Neglect: The Silent Killer
  5. Natural/Accidental Death vs. Homicide: What the Investigator Needs to Know
  6. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Natural Death vs. Homicide:  What the First Responder Needs to Know
  7. Forensic Investigative Techniques: The 12 Elements of the Successful Forensic Investigation
  8. Forensic Pathology of Child Physical Abuse
  9. Scene Investigation & Photography – Building the Visual Case for Court
  10. Timeline Development
  11. Interviewing & Confrontational Interviews: Before, During, & After: The Devil is in the Details
  12. Interrogating the Child Physical Abuse Suspect: Themes, Strategies, and Admission vs. Confession
  13. Building the Legal Case: How the Investigation Impacts the Court Presentation
  14. Case Studies Practical Exercise: Putting Our Knowledge to Work

We train nationwide, and gladly provide information so your participants can obtain CEU’s appropriate to their field. 
We will be pleased to provide references. Please fill out the information in the box, or email Ron Kunz, or call us at 817-882-8686. We look forward to hearing from you!


  • "After working on a couple of these types of cases we contacted Bonnie Armstrong of the Shaken Baby Alliance to see how we could improve. She assembled an A-Team of specialists, each in their own fields, who delivered top-notch training to not only our team, but people from all around the state. Their approach ranged in appeal from police officer to medical examiner, to prosecutor, and everything in between. We all collectively have a better understanding of how to proceed in these difficult cases now as well as a better understanding as to what other members of our team will do. I hate that there will be another case--but when it comes, we'll be ready."

    Sean Curtis, Investigator District Attorney's Office, Fort Collins, CO

  • During Hurricane Harvey, some long term and new families contacted the Alliance for assistance with housing, specialized formulas for their G-tube fed children, and specialized equipment. One mother of 17 year old son, who is wheelchair bound from his AHT injuries, weighs almost as much as the mother, and functions as a 2 year old, shared her harrowing tale. She had to climb up a ladder to get both her son and the wheelchair to the roof of their home away from rapidly rising waters. She helped her son up, and devised a pulley system with a few household items to hoist his specialized wheelchair up to the roof. After being loaded into a small metal rescue boat, the mom discovered that her child’s iPod, one of his most prized possessions, had been lost during the rescue. Her son is non-verbal. He screams a very high pitched cry/scream when agitated. Without the iPod music to calm him, he was in a state of constant screaming at the shelter. The mother called SBA literally in tears as his screams aggravated others in the shelter. The mom requested assistance in getting a new iPod, help in finding a shelter with a specialized hospital bed, and obtaining the durable medical equipment her son needed immediately in order to function. Through our network of families and professionals, we were able to have the mother and son moved to a private home, obtain a temporary wheelchair and a stander. .

    Bonnie Armstrong

  • SBA staff took the grandparents of one of our shaken babies to a doctor in Dallas. Her grandparents are now adopting her since she was abused. They are so poor it’s scary, but they love that baby! They are from the little country town of Hamilton, TX, and terrified to drive in Dallas where the specialist the baby needed to see has her office. SBA staff met them in Benbrook to drive them. After the appointment, we drove them back and told them to meet us at Walmart. We took them inside and bought 3 cases of diapers, wipes, 4 cases of formula, some toys, pajamas, and some clothes for the baby. We checked out and the total was a little over $500. We filled up their beat up 1972 Chevrolet truck that’s held together with baling wire and a prayer. The grandmother started crying and the grandfather just said there was no way they could pay me back. I explained they didn’t have to pay me back because very generous people help me so I can help the families. They gave us really big hugs and left with that precious baby. I know they will take good care of her and we will be with them along the way

    Bonnie Armstrong

  • I attended your course for Advanced Techniques in Joint Child Abuse Investigations in Georgetown a while back and, to this day, find it to be one of the best training courses I have been to. I would like to potentially host this course at the Cedar Park Police Department sometime in 2018.

    Officer Coleman, Training, Cedar Park Police

  • When I served as the 31st District Attorney I had a rural 5 county jurisdiction with limited resources to assist with complicated cases.  I reached out to the Shaken Baby Alliance for help with a case involving the death of a 3 month old baby and could not have been more grateful for all the help I received from them.  They quickly provided me with referrals to experts in the field of abusive head trauma, provided me with a doll made to the baby’s height and weight specifications and gave me assistance in trial strategy and cross examination of defense witnesses.

    Attorney Lynn Switzer

  • CASE CONSULTATION The Alliance consulted on a child abuse case in January 2017 in Brownwood, Texas. Breyla Ann Bryant, a one month infant, died at the hands of her father, 19 year old Jekaris Lee Bryant. SBA technical assistance was critical in showing the baby died of Shaken Baby Syndrome/blunt force trauma injuries and not from choking. Bryant was convicted of capital murder charge and given life without parole. After the trial, SBA met with the jury. The jury and the prosecutor noted that visuals and the expert provided by SBA made the difference in understanding the case facts. The maternal grandparents and aunt of the baby were grateful for the assistance provided in seeking justice for little Breyla. This case highlights the complex needs of victim children and families and the professionals involved in the case


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